November 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
An unusual and brilliant musical collaboration, Thum Prints is the creation of world-renowned beat box artist Tom Thum and acclaimed composer Gordon Hamilton. The curious pairing of musical genres blends “traditionally conceived orchestral textures with more hard-edged gestures.” Tom’s beatboxing agility and Gordon’s orchestral compositions seamlessly interweave with one another to create harmony within the juxtaposition of sounds.
Pre-concert lecture begins at 7:15 p.m. in the theatre.
Tom Thum, Beatboxer
Tom has risen to recognition through his ability to produce unhuman sounds and his natural knack for performing and weaseling his way on stage. Following on from the 2005 victory in the world championships in Germany, Tom was invited to perform and exhibit in the 2010 world beatbox convention in Berlin. Tom plans to push the limits of the human voice as far as inhumanly possible. Enrolling the help of numerous loop stations, Tom has been conducting DJ sets using only his voice and nothing else, propelling crowds across the country into a frenzy of jaw-dropping disbelief.
Gordon Hamilton, Composer/Conductor
After freelancing for five years in Germany, composer and conductor Gordon Hamilton took over in 2009 as Artistic Director of one of Australia’s foremost vocal ensembles, The Australian Voices. Recently Gordon has composed four works for the Queensland Symphony Orchestra: Ghosts in the Orchestra (2014), The Trillion Souls (2015), Thum Prints (2015) and 482 Variations on a Very Short Theme (2016). His Action Hero (2016) pairs the recorded voice of Arnold Schwarzenegger with orchestra and was premiered by WDR Funkhausorchester, Cologne. His 50-minute choral opera MOON (2011) has toured Australia, Germany and to the Edinburgh Fringe. Under a more cheeky guise, Gordon reassembles the contributions of unwitting collaborators. His Tra$h Ma$h (2012) reassembles fleeting grabs from pop songs. Toy Story 3 = Awesome! (2011) – sets a stream of inane consciousness from his own Facebook news feed. In 2015 Gordon sound-designed the Riverfire fireworks display for the Brisbane Festival.
Learn more about the duo at www.thumprints.info.
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